The City of Ottawa is committed to providing and promoting licensed child care services that enhance opportunities for early childhood development. The following information is for licensed child care service providers operating within the City of Ottawa.
Learn how Ontario is modernizing child care. Visit the Ministry of Education - Child Care Modernization and Early Years Integration website.
Read about the City’s vision for child care as outlined in the 2016-2020 City of Ottawa Child Care Service Plan [ PDF - 1 MB ].
Quality indicators for early learning
Ministry of Education - Ontario's Pedagogy for Early Years - How does learning happen?
Funding information and applications for child care agencies
To access Funding Information and Applications for Child Care Agencies
- Wage Enhancement / Home Child Care Enhancement Grant
- Consolidated Child Care Funding Application for 2016 was available June 1, 2015 to July 31, 2015
- General Operating Funding (GO Funding)
- Stabilization Initiative which includes:
- Municipal Health and Safety Funding
- GO Transition Funding
- Emergency Bridge Funding applications are available by emailing your request to email@example.com
- Provincial Special Purpose and Retrofit Capital Funding Child Care Funding
Child Care Provider User Guide 2016-2020
For detailed informed about all available funding and fee subsidy procedures, please consult the Child Care Provider User Guide 2016-2020 [ PDF - 1019 KB ]. For frequently asked questions, please consult the Fee Subsidy FAQs [ PDF - 181 KB ] and the Funding and Contribution Agreements FAQs [ PDF - 148 KB].
Licensed child care average full fee daily rates
The following tables provide the average 2016 daily rates, as of January 1st, of licensed child care service providers located within the City of Ottawa. The data was provided by licensed Child Care Service Providers who have a contractual agreement with the City of Ottawa.
|Age group||Daily rate||Number of sites|
|Extended day||$ 24.60||93|
|School age||$ 20.86||100|
More detailed information related to the programs and number of sites by ward is available in the Centre-Based Child Care Services rates tables.
|Rate (hours of care)||Daily rate|
|A = up to 10 hours||$ 43.96|
|B = up to 7 hours||$ 35.32|
|C = up to 5 hours||$ 28.84|
|D = up to 4 hours||$ 23.75|
|E = up to 2 hours||$ 17.17|
For more information related to the average rates for licensed home-based child care programs by ward, please consult the Home Child Care Services rates.
Child Care Registry and Waitlist
The Child Care Registry and Waitlist is an online, centralized application used by parents to find and register for licensed child care in Ottawa. Parents can also apply for help to pay for their day care costs (fee subsidy). It is also used by child care providers to effectively manage their waitlists for both full fee and subsidized child care.
If you are a new licensed child care operator and would like to add the profile of your child care agency to the Child Care Registry and Waitlist, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planning and research
- Ottawa Neighbourhood Study: Provides data on strengths and challenges for each neighbourhood in Ottawa. Compare neighbourhoods on child care services, social services, food resources, determinants of health, and more.
- Parent Resource Centre: Provides an Information Resource Line for parents, and child care early learning professionals in Ottawa, and local data for community planning. Community profiles contain a wide variant of evidence-based information and indicators related to the status and living conditions of Ottawa children and their families. This information contributes to the early childhood development outcomes.
- geoOttawa: Find out which child care facilities are in your neighbourhood. Search by address, intersection, street segment or by facility. Interact with this web-based software by zooming in and out, by adding additional layers of information or by printing a current view of the map.
- Statistics Canada Census Data: Search the City of Ottawa’s population, by age groups.
- The Budget Benchmark Data provides child care agencies the ability to compare their budgets to industry bests to identify areas within their budget that may require investigation and/or possible change to become more financially viable.
- Business Plan: Child care agencies can use this business plan as an internal tool to help set their strategic direction.
Starting/opening a licensed day care
To find out how to set up a licensed child care program in Ontario, prospective child care operators can visit the Ministry of Education website to:
- Review an Orientation Package
- Learn about the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 and key questions to answers about the new Act in a document called "What Providers and Parents Need to Know"
- Refer to the Ministry’s Planning and Design Guidelines for Child Care Centres
- Login or register for Ontario’s Child Care Portal and Child Care Licensing System using the ONe-key login page to submit an application for a license, and much more.
For information about providing licensed child care in your own home, visit the Licensed Home Child Care Network of Ottawa.
For zoning information on a property, a prospective operator can call the City at 3-1-1 to connect with a Development Information Officer.
Start and operate a not-for-profit
For information about applicable laws, as well as grants and financial support available to not-for-profits, go to the Ontario government web site.
The Ministry of Education, through the City of Ottawa, provides funding for Special Needs Programs.
Children's Integration Support Services provides supports, in English and in French, to licensed child care programs (nursery schools, child care centres and home child care agencies) that include children with special needs, between 6 weeks to 10 years of age, within the City of Ottawa. The services provided by CISS include:
- Consultation support through various consultant roles
- Enhanced staff support funding
- Professional development opportunities
- Subscription to the newsletter for operators/parents/guardians
- Toys, equipment, DVDs
- Reference books as well as a limited number of child care subsidies
If you are an operator and are enrolling a child with special needs in your program, contact Children’s Integration Support Services (CISS) to confirm eligibility for support.
Quick links and resources
- Ontario Child Care and Family Support Program Service Management and Funding Guideline (January 2016)
- Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014
- Canadian Child Care Federation
- College of Early Childhood Educators
- Serious Occurrence Reporting
- Ministry of Education ONe-key Licensing System
- City of Ottawa Fire Inspection Information
- Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa
- How does learning happen
- Canadian Institute of Child Health
- Canada’s Physical Activity Guide to Healthy Active Living
- Early Childhood Community Development Centre
- Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development
- Childcare Canada - Resource and Research Unit
Local and provincial networks and associations
- Association of Day Care Operators of Ontario
- Licensed Home Child Care Network of Ottawa
- Child Care Providers Resource Network of Ottawa
- Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario